38 days in South Korea Itinerary

38 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Yangyang International Airport, Drive to Sokcho
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 7 nights
Drive
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
Train
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naksansa Temple and Sangwonsa. You'll explore and learn at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum and Daegwallyeong Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Gangneung (Gyeongpodae, Jeongdongjin Beach, &more) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, appreciate the views at Mureung Valley, and visit a coastal fixture at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sokcho journey builder site.

Fresno, USA to Sokcho is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Fresno to Sokcho due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Chuncheon

— 5 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hwaseong Fortress and DMZ Haemaru Village. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Icheon Ceramics Village and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Chuncheon side-trips: Korean Folk Village (in Yongin), Suwon Jeil Church (in Suwon) and Icheon (Icheon Termeden & Icheon World Ceramics Center).

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chuncheon online road trip planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Seoul

— 7 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Korea and National Folk Museum of Korea. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street, stop by Insadong, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center.

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Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

Daejeon

— 6 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Buyeo National Museum and Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art. Visit Haeinsa and Busosanseong Fortress for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Gongju (Gapsa temple & Magoksa Temple), Boeun-gun (Beopjusa Temple & Songnisan National Park) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Currency Museum, snap pictures at Expo Bridge, steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, and explore the activities along Gungnamji Pond.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Daejeon trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Seoul to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Daejeon, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Gyeongju

— 5 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site and Eunhaesa Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram) (in Gunwi-gun) and Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Thu) at Blue One Water Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Daejeon in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Gyeongju, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Busan

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Popular historic sites such as Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Busan Museum and Bokcheon Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Jinju (Gyeongsangnamdo Arboretum & Jinjuseong). There's much more to do: get outside with Haeundae Beach, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and examine the collection at Busan Coffee Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Busan driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in August: highs in Busan hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.